Municipality can protect shoreline
Quebec City has successfully defended a bylaw requiring private property owners to naturalize the shoreline of its water supply. The St. Charles River, which flows into the lake of the same name, provides over half the potable water used by Quebec City. A study revealed that the banks of th…Continue reading the post titled Municipality can protect shoreline
Berendsen going to SCC
I think I forgot to mention it: The Supreme Court of Canada granted Berendsen leave to appeal from the Court of Appeal’s dismissal of his lawsuit against the province for the contamination of his land. The case has now dragged on for more than 20 years…Continue reading the post titled Berendsen going to SCC
Skytruth: a great site
Skytruth.org is a great site for seeing what is really happening in big environmental problems, like the BP oil spill, and fast-growing oil and gas production fields. They collect and publish up to date aerial photos. That’s another good thing about Google, the web and social media: it…Continue reading the post titled Skytruth: a great site
Old coal to improve, slowly….
Canada’s electricity sector is responsible for 17 percent of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Most of that -13%- comes from 51 coal-burning electricity plants, along with mercury, particulates, NOx/ SOx and other health hazards. [i], [ii] Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice has …Continue reading the post titled Old coal to improve, slowly….
Bike tourism: We’re glad to help
One of the joyful things to do on a lovely spring, summer, or fall day is to cycle the beautiful areas around Toronto. We are proud to be sponsors, for the third year running, of Bikes and Transit. This great website has maps, GPS coordinates and encouragement for combining bicycles and publ…Continue reading the post titled Bike tourism: We’re glad to help
Water quality trading ebbs away again
Ever since the Newt Gingrich “Common Sense Revolution”, much ink has been spent on the alleged superiority of economic instruments over “command and control”. In theory, government cannot efficiently or effectively tell people what to do; instead, government should give people an economic …Continue reading the post titled Water quality trading ebbs away again
Hidden contamination: it wasn’t my tank!
Two Vancouver families have had an expensive nightmare due to an leaking underground storage tank.Continue reading the post titled Hidden contamination: it wasn’t my tank!
Photos of the BP spill and cleanup
It is wonderful to hear how quickly the surface soil is disappearing from the Gulf of Mexico. Dec Doran of Oil Spill Control has graciously allowed me to post his photos from the BP spill cleanup in the Gulf. His key take-home message: watch out for those alligators! PART 1 BP OIL SPILL RESP…Continue reading the post titled Photos of the BP spill and cleanup
For more thoughts on the unjust aspects of Smith v. Inco, see our column in Slaw.Continue reading the post titled Retroactive injustice
And in the U.S..
Three and four decades ago, Canada was an environmental leader. Now, in many ways, we just follow the US. On climate change, in particular, the Harper government has promised to do little until the US adopts its own climate bill. It is therefore particularly disappointing that last week cong…Continue reading the post titled And in the U.S..
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